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Readers Viewpoint 8-17-2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 9:47 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 16, 2011 9:48 AM )

Lucky you
To the editor:
 ...and the people who are lucky to be living where you are.  I spent two weeks at "home" in July. It was hot and humid. Everything was green and beautiful. The mosquitoes were big enough to throw a saddle on and the flies were as voracious as I remembered
 It really is nice to know that some things do not change and one of the wonderful surprises was seeing you all still have "Deb" as a paramedic. A few years ago I had occasion to need her services and now seeing that she was still caring for people and patients in the Iron River, Crystal Falls area was a comfort and a special surprise.

What’s next?
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:25 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 23, 2011 8:35 AM )

 Last Thursday, the Dow Jones stock index fell over 500 points. After trading ended last Friday, word came that Standard and Poor’s had downgraded the United States’ long-term credit rating. As this is being written, it’s mid-morning on Monday, and the market is taking another serious hit.
 It’s not pretty. Remember the relief early last week when Congress worked out a last-gasp agreement that headed off a default crisis? Remember the relief that Congress wouldn’t drive the national economy off the cliff after all?

Readers Viewpoint 8-10-2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:24 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 16, 2011 9:47 AM )

Small-town hospitality
To the editor:
 My sister and I are nearing the end of a two-week tent-camping trip around the perimeter of the Upper Peninsula. Two years ago, we had spent one night at the well-kept Iron River RV Park and decided to return for two nights on this trip. From the moment we arrived until we reluctantly left town, we were blessed with friendly folks and small-town hospitality.

Readers Viewpoint 8-3-2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:24 AM )

Wonderful performance
To the editor:
 This is a tribute to the Iron County Band for their wonderful performance on Thursday evening, July 28.
 The concert was held at the Iron County Museum in the Cultural Center, which has been insulated this past year, providing a comfortable cool setting for all those attending the concert.

Postal closings coming
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:25 AM )

 It’s hardly a secret that the U.S. Postal Service is looking to downgrade its services by closing some of its offices throughout the country.
 Thanks to the loss of billions of dollars as more and more Americans hook up with email and the Internet to communicate, times as they say have been tough for an institution that’s older than our constitution.
 Right now, the Postal Service is conducting studies to determine which offices of some 3,700 offices can be closed with the minimum affect on customers. Even Ben Franklin’s post office is in risk of being closed.

Reader's Viewpoint 7-27-2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:23 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM )

Channel lack
To the editor:
 Having spent considerable time over the years back on home turf (Crystal Falls), I've become convinced that there are many progressive thinkers among the citizenry who because of the limitations of the city television cable system offerings are deprived of content in line with their inclinations, to wit: the system does not carry MSNBC.

Making our world work
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:22 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM )

Nearly every municipality in Iron County is currently involved with or getting ready to begin or has recently completed some form of infrastructure project.
 Water and sewer lines are being replaced, fiber optic cable is being installed, roads being repaired. When we drive down those roads, turn on the tap or flush a toilet, do we think about what keeps all those systems going and flowing?

Would they?
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:24 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:22 AM )

 Imagine a conversation taking place in a financial advisor’s office last week. A worried couple looks anxiously around, because the conversation is about the economy.
 They just asked a question that hangs in the air: “They can’t be that stupid—can they?”
 And for all the reassurances that Congress will eventually raise the national debt so the U.S. government won’t default on its financial obligations, nobody could say that no, it absolutely won’t happen.

Reader's Viewpoint 7-20-2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:23 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:23 AM )

In response
To the editor:
 Don Wolf’s letter in last week’s paper, regarding the rodeo and the Fair Board, was full of the assumptions and misinformation he seemed to be discouraging. I would like to set the record straight.
 Wolf states that the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo Board is delinquent in its fairground rental payments to the county of Iron, or what he called “summer utility usage.” They are not. The rodeo has, in the past, paid the Fair Board $1,500 for use of the grounds for one week. 2010 discussions between the Fair Board and the Rodeo Committee led to a $500 reduction in the rental price, with the Rodeo Committee to take on the physical labor regularly done by the Fair Board members or whoever they chose to hire. 2011 rent of $1,500 has been paid.

Readers Viewpoint 7-13-2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:49 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:23 AM )

‘Gift’ appreciated
To the editor:
 On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Synders, Iron River and Pat Kosiba of Crystal Falls for hosting a blood drives in the month of June.
 As a result of their efforts, we collected 61 pints of blood. I would also like to thank the members of the community for taking the time to give the “gift of life.” Thank you for supporting your community blood supply.
-s- Sallie Coron
Coordinator of Blood Collections
U.P. Regional Blood Center

Changing perspectives
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:45 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:24 AM )

“You can’t see the forest for the trees.”
 That old saying came home last week when a newcomer to the area was “extolling” the delights of some of Iron County’s historic landmarks.
 “You have some really amazing places here in this county,” he said. As a native of Iron County, I looked at him with raised eyebrows and a rather smirky look on my face.
 Amazing places? Landmarks?